daveb Posted May 16, 2009 Share Posted May 16, 2009 Part 1 Outbound YMMB – YBAF 2/5/09 6:09 hrs 821nm 133kts avg speed 21 Litres/hr Finally a simple straightforward flight. I’d done this one in reverse once before so no drama. Probably nothing to write about. Got away early just after 9am. A bit of low cloud about but not at the airport so plenty of nice photo ops doing the VFR route around Melbourne. In fact I’d picked a really nice day, headed off on my trip way before I had to. In fact such a nice day I decided to leave a jumper behind and just wear a tee shirt. Not even close to smart, I had all my maps and had spent hours on the flight plan based on a 9,500’ economical cruise height. About an hour into the flight the air leaks in the cockpit were causing a wind chill factor that made a mockery of the outside temp of 0C. Felt like minus a lot to me. ‘Wish it was only zero’ were thoughts oozing out between the shivers. My canopy cover became a jumper and at least I’d remembered a pair of gloves. It was cold and beautiful up there hour after hour. I crept over a carpet of white cloud then into the clear for spectacular flying. Then it got interesting. I had a mountain range to cross with hills up around five thousand and cloud base probably around six. Sounds good, looked ugly. I had airspace considerations as my ceiling lowered and so did the options. No good climbing up for VFR on top, even with an airways clearance. I’m not legal to descend IFR if cloud is overcast at the destination, that’s just asking for it. I weaved my way through the valleys and made it to Brisbane, Archerfield, the GA airport, with a little fuel left in the tanks and the tower friendly and helpful. I was pretty pleased with my Melbourne to Brisy of 821 nautical non stop. The controller started asking about the Long-EZ and told me of someone who’d made a trip from Cairns to Melbourne without refuelling 20 years ago, about 1360nm. Not feeling quite as pleased now. That’s a definite one stop for me at the moment. I sense a challenge for the future and carefully packed it away for my to-do list. No idea how, its just on the list. Tower controllers who chat… that’s new too. Pics: Outbound VFR route – Sugarloaf reservoir Morning sun and cloud On Top Panel enroute Getting through 140nm out of Brisbane Quote Dave VH-JZE Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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